[image-1] A new music venue, the Forte Jazz Lounge, opens at 475 King St. (the former location of PURE Theatre) on Fri. June 21 at 6:15 p.m. Snag tickets online ($15/general, $25/VIP).

Dedicated strictly to live jazz, the lounge will feature two live performances every Thursday-Saturday night, with shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. All tickets can be purchased ahead of time, with options that range from general ($15) to premium ($20) to VIP ($25).

In a press release, Forte owner Joe Clarke says, “Charleston really needs a place to host its growing jazz culture. I want to provide a space where people can come, sit down, relax, drink and listen to some great live jazz. I want people to really enjoy themselves and the sounds these great Charleston musicians have to offer.”

You may know Clarke from his band, the aptly titled Joe Clarke Big Band, which has been performing around town for years now. Clarke has been performing and teaching music for over 30 years and calls it his life’s work to create a venue for local jazz artists.

Forte Jazz Lounge will sell wine and craft beer. You can learn more about the lounge at fortejazzlounge.com — and if you’re interested in playing at the venue, be sure to email info@fortejazzlounge.com.

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